ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A state senator who said he was prevented from attending a public hearing on proposed science standards has filed a complaint with the attorney general’s office alleging that the New Mexico Public Education Department didn’t comply with the state open-meetings act.
Sen. William Soules, D.-Las Cruces, is asking New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas to prevent PED from adopting the proposed science standards until it holds “a public hearing where all persons so desiring are permitted to attend and listen,” the complaint said.
Soules said he attempted to attend the hearing at about 11 a.m. Monday at the Jerry Apodaca Educaton Building in Santa Fe but was prohibited from entering the building.
“I arrived about 11:00 a.m. hoping to watch some of the public testimony about the new standards and was met by a crowd of 50 to 100 people outside the building waiting to go in to testify with police keeping others from entering because the capacity of the room was exceeded,” Soules wrote in the complaint.
“There was no accommodation for those outside to watch, hear or participate in the hearing of the public body, PED, on the proposed rules being made about the new science standards,” he wrote.